A Fredericton, New Brunswick woman wants the human rights laws to change so she can file a complaint against a spa that wouldn’t let her bring her five-month-old son to her treatment. The Avalon SalonSpa has a no kids policy for the comfort of its patrons, but also for safety reasons given the number of hazards around the business.
The woman said that it discriminates against her for being a single mother without other childcare options, so she wants ‘family status’ added to the protected grounds against discrimination, like it is in most other provinces.
If the human rights commission were to take on a case like this, it would mean that any business would have to offer childcare services to avoid being hauled in front of a tribunal. Restaurants couldn’t have policies allowing only adults without risking tens of thousands of dollars in discrimination fines by these kangaroo courts.
Human rights commissions have successfully fought for crazier things, however. Like the right to work at a restaurant and not wash your hands, for example. Or the right to have a restaurant capitulate to your excessive OCD requirements.
We need to scale back the power these commissions have — not give them another line-item they can use to target small businesses.